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Wed Apr 29, 2015, 11:04 AM

U.S. lawmakers seek to end spies' mass collection of phone data

Source: Reuters

Technology | Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:59pm EDT

U.S. lawmakers seek to end spies' mass collection of phone data

WASHINGTON

(Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Tuesday to end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown over the program, which expires on June 1.

Republican U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte and Jim Sensenbrenner and Democrats John Conyers and Jerry Nadler introduced the "USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives, seeking to tighten control of a program publicly exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Democrat Patrick Leahy and Republican Mike Lee.

The bills would bar the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act and other intelligence authorities, and increase transparency and accountability in surveillance programs.

They are supported by privacy groups but will run into opposition in Congress and at the White House.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/28/us-usa-congress-intelligence-idUSKBN0NJ2JP20150428

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Wed May 13, 2015, 07:51 AM

1. K and R. Anyone want to update us on this? What's happening with the bill? n/t

 

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